More on Gillibrand’s Praise of 1199 Ads

Matt Canter, a spokesman for Kirsten Gillibrand, called in this morning to say that when Gillibrand told a member of 1199 SEIU at a union function up in Albany this weekend, “Your commercials are great,”  she was expressing admiration for the union’s commercials in Washington D.C.

Those ads featured workers offering testimonials in favor of the stimulus, and Canter said she was not talking about the Knickerbocker-created 1199 ads in New York that excoriated David Paterson and included a blind man asking the governor, “Why are you doing this to me?” 

For the record, the quote from Gillibrand in the story is accurate, and the New York-based union member the senator was talking to—Henry Singleton—clearly understood her comment to be a reference to the anti-Paterson ads in New York.

His response to her at the time was, “We had to do what we had to do.”